Let’s just get the gag out of the way now: we’re all just wild about Harry.

The boy wizard, who arrived on the scene less then a decade ago, has already been the subject of six best-selling novels, three of which have already been translated into box office blockbuster movies. With Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the series, making it’s theatrical debut on November 18th, we thought it would be a good opportunity to present the Cinema Blend guide to all things Harry.

Although the movies have been pretty well panned by critics for being flat and too bookish, the box office hasn’t been affected too badly by that. Most of the moviegoers have been fans who already know every step Harry is going to take because they have the books memorized. They are a crowd that’s more then happy with the movies faithfulness to the source material, no matter how it may affect the movie’s appeal for non-fans. Who can blame them though? With the vibrant world of magic created by J.K. Rowling, who wouldn’t want to see every page brought to life thanks to movie magic and special effects?

It’ll be interesting to see how fans take to the darker, PG-13 portrayal of the fourth book, which means the franchise is still remaining true to the source material, since the book takes a decidedly darker turn itself. That older rating will appeal to the kids who have grown up with the Harry Potter novels, but will mean the movies are no longer a full family affair.

In preparation for the newest chapter in Harry Potter’s life, we’ve put together this guide to Cinema Blend coverage of everything from past reviews to discussions on the most recent novel and speculation of the future. Check out below for wizards, wands, spells and golden snitches.


Theatrical Reviews

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
"Visuals and characters are Harry Potter’s strength. The kiddies are well acted and even better directed. Missing is some of the bad child acting we have come to expect from any film not featuring the kid genius from The Sixth Sense. The teachers too are fun to watch. All of them are typical crazy old wizards and charming giants with not much personality, but a great deal of flair. Alan Rickman is most noteworthy as a particularly mysterious teacher with something devious hidden beneath his cape. Then of course, there’s the obligatory John Cleese cameo, without which no modern film is truly complete." -Joshua Tyler


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
"If he wasn’t going to give this thing more life, more emotion, Columbus needed to at least find a way to recapture that sort of wide-eyed wonder that helped carry the first film. Instead, he’s tried to make it darker and more muted, befitting, I’m told, the tone of the book itself. I say tried, because there really isn’t all that much different from the last, except perhaps there’s less bright and cheery lighting about. Oh some students get petrified and a cat gets hung up by it’s tail, but I don’t really see anything to make me think this is somehow the darker and more moody film that Columbus was going for. Instead, the wonder and magic of the series is only half there, with only a few scant sequences to really make your eyes pop out." - Joshua Tyler

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
"Alfonso Cuarón “gets” Harry Potter and as a result Azkaban is more than just the middle of the road kiddie-tainment Chamber of Secrets and Sorcerer’s Stone regurgitated. Azkaban still suffers from many of the annoying and fuzzy plot holes that anything attached to this franchise suffers. However, Cuarón’s vision is so strong and his execution so bright that it easily overwhelms the unavoidable bevy of illogical plot progressions that J.K. Rowling’s stories have already built in. This is a darker, edgier movie that’ll let even adults enjoy Harry Potter. Cuarón brings the Harry Potter series to life in a beautiful and living way we’ve never seen before." - Joshua Tyler

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"Look, it really doesn't matter what I say about any of this. If you're a Harry Potter fan you're going to go see it (in fact you've probably already seen it) and you're going to love it. This is a solid outing for the boy who lived, better in any case than the rather sometimes boring ones Columbus saddled us with. It's not quite the success of Cuaron's version though. It's too long in places, and drags when it should soar. It's rated PG-13, but Newell really never takes advantage of that heftier rating. If you're going to go PG-13, might as well go all the way. Instead Goblet of Fire kind of lives in that place between PG and PG-13, one not-so-grizzly death less and it probably would have been PG." - Joshua Tyler


DVD Reviews

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
"Franchise newcomer Alfonso Cuarón breathes a much needed breath of fresh air into the universe of Harry Potter. Under his direction, Hogwarts truly comes alive, for the first time resembling what I’d always expected from the books. Ghosts roam the halls playfully, almost unaware of the breathing inhabitants around them. The images in paintings move from picture to picture and interact with each other and the humans. In Hogsmead and Diagon Alley, wizards use magic with such frequency it’s mundane to them, and one could spend hours rewatching scenes and catching all the little magical tricks the camera doesn’t focus on. Cuarón’s takes everything Chris Columbus did in the previous two films to the next level, making his world for Harry the place of wonder it should have been in these films from day one." - Rafe Telsch

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Preview
The bulk of our Goblet of Fire images and excitement, all pulled together in one place.

Goblet of Fire movie clips
See Deatheaters, dragons, and Malfoy the ferret before the movie comes out.

Harry Potter Posterplex
Goblet of Fire gets the required multiple character poster treatment.

Goblet of Fire Trailer
Check out the full trailer for the newest Harry Potter chapter.

International Goblet of Fire Trailer
Many fans thought the international trailer was much better then the American teaser. Check it out here.

Blenders: Episodes 11-20
Round two of Matt Sinopoli's Cinema Blend comic strip features a couple Harry Potter themed strips.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Post When You See It! - Once you've seen Harry face off with the Goblet of Fire, post your thoughts here!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – pre-release talk - Express your excitement about the upcoming movie. This is the place to post before the film actually hits theaters

The Official Emma Watson Appreciation Thread - Discuss the underage witch loved by everyone... or at least Matt Sinopoli.

Harry Potter Book and the Half-Blood Prince Discussion - (warning: spoilers for books 1-6) You've read the latest chapter of Harry's life, now post your thoughts in our Leaky Pen forums.

Harry Potter Book 7 Theories - (warning: spoilers for books 1-6) Offer up your thoughts on what you expect to see in the final Harry Potter novel.

Goblet of Fire Game Screens - Check out screenshots for the movie's video game adaptation and discuss how much you want to be a wizard!

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